Democracy and the Future of Public Law
This panel will reflect on the future of democracy, and its relationship to public law. The panelists will join Professor Rosalind Dixon in conversation to ask: Are current democratic constitutions fit for purpose in the 21st century? Can they protect democracies from the risks of fake news, foreign influence, and anti-democratic populism or autocratic legalism? Can other public law norms – such as administrative regulations, or other forms of legal “nudges” shore up democracy in the face of these threats? Or are the threats deeper and more social-psychological in origin in ways that point to the importance of social, economic, and political rather than legal responses?